[Haskell-cafe] Re: GPL answers from the SFLC (WAS: Re: ANN: hakyll-0.1)

David Leimbach leimy2k at gmail.com
Sat Mar 6 10:11:32 EST 2010

2010/3/5 Maurí­cio CA <mauricio.antunes at gmail.com>

> > To my knowledge, the LGPL only allows *linking* with non-(L)GPL
> > software. But GHC doesn't just link but performs massive
> > cross-module inlining. So in my opinion, LGPL is not a solution,
> > too. Use BSD3!
> But that massive cross-module inlining happens at your computer,
> where the rights allowed by GPL for private use applies.

Not if I ship you a statically linked binary.  You assume everyone compiles
my Haskell source code :-).

> So, as long as you distribute the GPL/LGPL code separate from your
> BSD/proprietary code, no restrictions should apply. (I believe
> this applies even with GPL, as all you'll be using in your code is
> the API which, as far as I know, can't be copyrighted, like any
> kind of interface -- even hardware interface. But I can't find a
> source on that.)

This is not suitable for everyone.

> Best,
> Maurício
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